10 Ways To Give Old, Useless VHS Tapes A Second Life

by Grace Eire
Grace plays in a band and is the mother to a black cat named Fitzhugh.

If you loved watching movies in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, or the very early 2000s, you’ll have plenty of memories of your VHS player and the library of tapes that you’d view over and over again.

When VHS first came around in the mid-1970s, it was a huge, amazing deal. The technology changed the way we watched and recorded video!

I remember the entire bottom shelf of my family’s entertainment cabinet in the living room being full of VHS tapes that my brothers and I digged through. But now with DVDs and streaming video being the primary source for viewing, those old tapes aren’t quite as useful.

We’ve all got a bunch of junk lying around the house, but sometimes no idea what to do with all of it.

These 10 ideas for repurposing old VHS tapes are all so much better than keeping those relics of the past stuffed away in the basement somewhere. Obviously, I won’t be destroying any home movies, but for the dust-collecting tapes (or the ones whose footage has been transferred to a digital format), these ideas may actually be more useful that the original purpose!

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1. VHS Rope

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If you take the time to deconstruct a fair number of VHS tapes (this DIY-er used 18 rolls), you can braid a strong rope!

2. VHS Light

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This idea is so cool, and is definitely a conversation piece to add to a media room, living room, or a kid’s bedroom. It all depends on your style!

3. VHS Clutch

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This clutch is the perfect statement piece for anyone whose favorite memories are from the ’80s and ’90s.

4. VHS Pom-Poms

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If you’ve got something to cheer for, why not make some pom-poms out of old VHS tape?

5. VHS Table

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If you still own a ton of tapes but have all of the footage stored away digitally, you can just make a table to set all of your movie-time snacks on instead!

6. VHS Yarn Dispenser

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Tired of tangled yarn? Don’t know what to do with all of your old VHS tapes? This is the perfect solution.

7. VHS Bracelet

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If you’re into crocheting, this unique bracelet is a fun new project to start on!

8. VHS Standing Lamp

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This standing lamp is quite impressive, and definitely a talking point for your favorite room!

9. VHS Storage Containers

9. VHS Storage Containers

If you need help with organization around the house, hollow out your old VHS tapes, give them a nice coat of paint, and use them to store your small items.

10. VHS Gift Decorations

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If you’re the type to get crafty with your gift wrapping, you should definitely start making your own adorable VHS decorations to use as accents.

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